Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Red Dove, Listen to the Wind - by Sonia Antaki: Book Review

Title: Red Dove, Listen to the Wind
Author: Sonia Antaki
Pages: 232
Publisher: One ELM Press
Release Date: 15th October 2019
Genre: Middle Grade, Own Voices
Format: Kindle

Red Dove, Listen to the Wind by Sonia Antaki is a needed middle grade novel about the ways Native Americans are treated. It shows the 13 year old's perspective of how things unfold, and her confusion as she strives to obey her ancestors and family, but is pulled away from her heritage.

The novel follows Red Dove's story as she is sent to a Catholic school for girls. She's separated from her brother and she's left to figure out the new world by herself. She has help along the way, but the main idea is that she always has the help of her ancestors, just like her grandfather said. 

There are a lot of native names and those are confusing for one who's not used to them, not to mention all the objects that carry so much power and meaning for them. The writing is also at times confusing, and so is the telling of the fights and clashes between the whites and the natives. 

However, for a Native American and for a white person this is a wonderful step of seeing things from a different perspective than we're used to. It's also a great way for young people of other cultures than American/ European to see themselves represented in literature.

I received a free e-book copy of this novel from the publisher via Net Galley. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

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